my zines at diy cultures

zine fair, diy cultures e-flyer . 2017
zines, comics & alternatives at diy cultures . 2017 (photo courtesy of reconnecting arts)

it's been awhile since my last blog post. let's just say it's been a pretty intense semester! i do promise to update my blog once the semester is over. i have lots to share about a few recent projects and my explorations in grad school, so stay tuned.
for now, i wanted to share info on this really exciting zine fair i am happy to be a part of. i was invited to showcase my zines at this year's diy cultures zine fair in london. reconnecting arts, a platform supporting middle eastern creatives, will be participating at diy cultures, showcasing and selling zines, comics and other independent publications by various talented creatives.
if you're in london this month, make sure to head to diy cultures on sunday, 14th may from 12-7pm. for more information make sure to check out diy cultures' facebook event page, as well as reconnecting arts' event page.
thank you reconnecting arts for the opportunity to participate at diy cultures. also, a belated thank you for this awesome article featuring a selection of my zines on your website, written by the just as awesome jaffat el aqlam.  
i end this post with the fun diy cultures 2017 e-flyer below. everyone in london, if you're reading this, head down to diy cultures.

diy cultures 2017 e-flyer . 2017


postcards from dubai

snacks & bakes cafeteria . 2016

wadi al narjes tailoring & embroidery . 2016

last year, i was invited by noor shamma to submit a couple of artworks for the postcard initiative, which is an ongoing initiative endorsed by the noor dubai foundation to help cure preventative blindness. these original postcards will be sold, and proceeds from sales will help cure blindness in developing countries.
above are the two submissions i worked on during my fall semester at risd last year. i was getting back into using watercolours for one of my class assignments, and wanted to use watercolours on these postcards as well. i really liked the end results, and i hope whoever purchases these will like them as well. i hope these postcards found a happy home, and helped with someone's eyesight somewhere in this world.
thank you noor for allowing me to be a part of the postcard initiative, and contributing to noor dubai foundation's amazing cause.


survived my first semester

end of semester final presentation . 2016

end of semester final presentation . 2016

end of semester final presentation . 2016

end of semester final presentation . 2016

end of semester final presentation . 2016

happy new year everybody! here's wishing 2017 to be a blessed and positive year for all.
as my first post for the year, i wanted to share my experiences from my first semester in grad school. just a few weeks ago i completed and survived the fall semester at risd. it took awhile adjusting to living in a new country and becoming a full time student again. also, as strange a city providence is, it has its charm and grows on you overtime. in terms of school, i'm truly blessed with what i've been exposed to so far – working outside my comfort zone and exposed to new sources of inspiration and research. with the support of my classmates and faculty, i'm understanding the basics of textile design; learning new techniques such as dying methods and understanding the use of colour and repetition for application in pattern, as well as refining my skills in screen printing for textiles.
the photographs above are from my end of semester final presentation, showing everything i've worked on over the course of the last four months. you can see there's a lot of drawing, a lot of colour, and a lot of pattern! that pretty much sums up the pillars of printed textile design. there's still lots of learning to do, but based on feedback, i'm happy to say i'm on a good track to growing and developing my skills as a textile designer.
here's to the coming semesters in 2017 being as positive as the last. stay tuned for more upcoming posts on projects i'll be working on over the next few months.